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680364

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War... On Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga...

Item #680364

March 07, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, March 7, 1778 



* Surrender of general Burgoyne

* Battles of Saratoga - New York




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a: "...letter from Vice Admiral Lord Vi... See More  

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689081

Is the pursuit of independence worth the effort?

Item #689081

April 22, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 22, 1778  This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

Over two-thirds of the front page is taken up with the text of two Bills being considered in Parliament relating to America. The first is a: "DRA... See More  

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$435.00
615582

America is not about to compromise with England...

Item #615582
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1778  Among the articles within are: "The Theory of Insulating Bodies Examined, & some of the Supposed Properties which Electricians have ascribed to Glass, proved by Experiments not to Exist" includes reference to Ben Franklin; "On the Worshiping of the Primitive Christians to the East" , and more.

The most significant c... See More  

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217171

Ben Franklin on learning to swim... Holt Castle print...

Item #217171
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1779  Inside has nearly two pages on: "Useful Hints For Learning To Swim, In a Letter to a Friend, by Benj. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S."

Also within: "On the Fatal Effects of Revenge" and: "On Female Conduct" & so much more. Near the back are news reports of the day but I see no war-related content.

This issue does feature... See More  

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660024

Ben Franklin on learning to swim...

Item #660024
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1779  Inside has nearly two pages on: "Useful Hints For Learning To Swim, In a Letter to a Friend, by Benj. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S."

Also within: "On the Fatal Effects of Revenge" and: "On Female Conduct" & so much more. Near the back are news reports of the day but I see no war-related content.

Complete in 48 pages, 5... See More  

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597929

Much on the Revolutionary War...

Item #597929

February 13, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Feb. 13, 1779  Page 2 includes: "...dispatches were brought to Lord George Germain's office...with an account of the surrender of the province of Georgia to his Majesty's troops under the command of Col. Campbell..." plus some reports from New York which include: "...That Colonel Butler had been extremely successful in his enterprise... See More  

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594434

A letter signed by John Jay...

Item #594434

April 05, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 5, 1779 



* Revolutionary War 

* John Jay letter
 



Page 2 has a letter from Congress, prefaced with a note of explanation signed in type by: John Jay, concerning disavowing a publication which appeared in the Penna. Packet newspaper (see photos). Also a report from the Boston Gazette that: "General Washington, upon application to ... See More  

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687378

General Washington... Battle of Horse Neck...

Item #687378

April 22, 1779

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, April 22, 1779 



* The Battle of Horse Neck

* Greenwich, Connecticut

* General Israel Putnam

* Gen. George Washington

* Rare publication w/ nice masthead




A very handsome issue as the masthead features an engraving taken from one done by Paul Revere for colonial currency at the time. It is a very patriotic device showin... See More  

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658749

Very lengthy letter by Ben Franklin... British generals say America cannot be conquered...

Item #658749

September 09, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, Sept. 9, 1779 



* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication

* Lengthy letter from Benjamin Franklin




A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.

The entire front page and a bit of the back page are taken up with a very lengthy: "... See More  

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672229

Criticizing Burgoyne for his failure in America...

Item #672229

October 02, 1779

THE PROVIDENCE GAZETTE & COUNTRY JOURNAL, Rhode Island, Oct. 2, 1779 



* American Revolutionary War

* Gen. John Burgoyne failures




Almost the entire front page is taken up with a letter: "To Lieutenant-General Burgoyne" taken from a London newspaper and reprinted here.

Not surprisingly the theme is critical of Burgoyne, who is best remembered as the commanding general at S... See More  

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$388.00
658253

Very rare Revolutionary War title, with a wealth of fine content...

Item #658253

October 21, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, October 21, 1779



* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication



A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This issue is volume 1, number 32.

Page 2 has: "By the King. A Proclamation" which begins: "Whereas we have received ... See More  

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687145

Further on Ethan Allen's narrative of his captivity...

Item #687145

November 20, 1779

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1779



* Ethan Allen captivity

* Revolutionary War original




 Most of the front page is taken up with an Act of the Pennsylvania Legislature, prefaced with a paragraph signed in type by the Clerk of the General Assembly, none other than: Thomas Paine.

Page 3 has yet another Act which is prefaced with an intro signed: Thomas Paine.

All of ... See More  

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671801

Book by Ben Franklin reviewed... Fort Stanwix...

Item #671801
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1779 



* Ben Franklin's book is reviewed (brief)

* Fort Stanwix report

* Captain Cook's ships observed?




Near the back is a review of a book titled: "Political, Miscellaneous, & Philosophical Pieces, Written by Benjamin Franklin...".

Some talk of "American News" near the back, with mention that: "...Fo
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682028

Very handsome Revolutionary War newspaper from Philadelphia...

Item #682028

December 11, 1779

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 11, 1779 



* American Revolutionary War

* Great masthead for display




This newspaper features one of the most ornate and decorative mastheads of the Revolutionary War, the words "Pennsylvania Packet" so frilly that it can be difficult to read.

Most of page 2 is taken up with; "An Act for Vesting the Est... See More  

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658251

Rare title from the Revolutionary War...

Item #658251

December 23, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, December 23, 1779 



* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication



A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This issue is volume 1, number 41.

The front page begins with the conclusion of: "A Plan for Reducing New England by the... See More  

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653341

Battle of Savannah... Captain Cook...

Item #653341
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1780 



* Siege of Savannah - Georgia

* Benjamin Lincoln letter

* Captain James Cook - South Seas




Near the back is a section headed: "Advices Received from America" which includes: "Gen. Lincoln's Letter to Congress on the defeat of the combined Army before Georgia" with a dateline of Charleston, Oct. 22, 1779. This... See More  

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658597

Much on the exchange of prisoners in prison ships... British have evacuated the South...

Item #658597

July 17, 1781

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, July 17, 1781 



* Rare American Revolutionary War publication



The front page has several letters from British Lt. Col. Balfour, most dealing with discussion for an exchange of prisoners with General Greene.

This discussion carries over to page 2 where is found a letter datelined: "Torbay prison ship, Charlestown harbour,... See More  

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658632

John Adams negotiates with the Dutch... Preparing for the final event at Yorktown...

Item #658632

October 09, 1781

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Oct. 9, 1781 



* Surrender of Cornwallis nears

* Siege of Yorktown prelude

* Revolutionary War ending close




The entire front page and a column on page 2 are taken up with: "A Memorial to their High Mightinesses, the States-General of the United Provinces of the Low Countries". It is signed in type by John Adams wh... See More  

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673230

News of Cornwallis' surrender... Benedict Arnold & the Battle of Groton Heights...

Item #673230
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781 



* Revolutionary War

* Cornwallis' surrender

* Gen. Benedict Arnold

* Battle of Groton Heights




Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an ent... See More  

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686426

News of Cornwallis' surrender... Benedict Arnold & the Battle of Groton Heights...

Item #686426
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781



* Revolutionary War

* Cornwallis' surrender

* Gen. Benedict Arnold

* Battle of Groton Heights




Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an entire pa... See More  

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686423

News of Cornwallis' surrender... Benedict Arnold & the Battle of Groton Heights...

Item #686423
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781  Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an entire page & is signed by him in type: B. Arnold. This is his detailed report on the taking of New London... See More  

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664191

The treaty whereby Cornwallis surrendered to Washington, with great commentary in Parliament...

Item #664191

December 08, 1781

THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 8, 1781 



* Treaty of Peace

* Lord Cornwallis capitulation

* General George Washington

* Revolutionary War closing events




The front page has an: "Account of the number of British & German troops, and of ships of war, surrendered at Yorktown...".

But then the great document is on page 2 which prints the: "ARTICLES of CAPITULATI... See More  

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680790

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, in an American newspaper...

Item #680790

December 14, 1781

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, December 14, 1781  



* Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

* American Revolutionary War ending




This issue contains one of the most historically significant letters from the Revolutionary War, being Cornwallis' official announcement of his surrender to Washington at the Battle of Yorktown.

The report consumes all of page 3, prefaced with: "... See More  

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658838

Broadside edition of this famous title, with good content...

Item #658838

January 08, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Jan. 8, 1782 



* Very rare Broadside edition from the Revolutionary War



Apparently a quite unusual broadside edition as the issue is single sheet with the back page blank. If page 2 had text I would suspect that the back leaf was missing, but the ftpg. text concludes on the front page and the reverse is entirely blank.

The ft... See More  

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658842

News from the closing moments of the war... Thanks to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and others...

Item #658842

February 12, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Feb. 12, 1782 



* American Revolutionary War closing events

* George Washington & Thomas Jefferson




The inside pages have various reports concerning the Revolutionary War, including: "...nothing but the utter destruction of the Carolinas was talked of by the ministry & their creatures; but since the French have bl... See More  

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$465.00
681056

On Ben Franklin negotiating a peace treaty to end the war...

Item #681056

March 26, 1782

THE ST. JAMES'S CHRONICLE, London, March 26, 1782   The front page has some text concerning negotiations in Paris to end the war, bits including: "...handed about in Paris, the substance...of the answers & representations given by dr. Franklin in a conversation he had lately with the 'french minister upon american affairs The Doctor...testified the very great & just estee... See More  

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658855

Washington's anger over the murder of Captain Huddy...

Item #658855

May 21, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, May 21, 1782 



* American Revolutionary War closing events

* George Washington & Joshua 'Jack" Huddy




Two-thirds of the front page is taken up with "Debates in the House of Commons Upon the American War". An excellent report providing much insight into the discussions on the troubling situation in Americ... See More  

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617546

Final items regarding the Revolutionary War...

Item #617546
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1782  The issue begins with 8 pages of "Proceedings In Parliament", the first 3 of which have much concerning America with mention of an exchange of prisoners, Mr. Laurens, Ben Franklin, Lord Cornwallis, General Burgoyne, and more.

Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" with the latest news reports of the day, including men... See More  

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673669

Ben Franklin and John Jay in Paris...

Item #673669

July 23, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 23, 1782 



* Revolutionary War era

* Benjamin Franklin & John Jay

* Treaty of Paris talks




Page 4 has letter No. III of: "A Brief Memorial Upon the American War...", which begins: "The Americans were the first in opening the campaign in 1777. Their army was collected toward the end of May at the camp at Middlebrook..." with a g... See More  

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673672

Reflecting on Washington crossing the Delaware & the Battle of Trenton...

Item #673672

July 25, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 25, 1782  Page 2 has a report beginning: "So determined are the French to pursue their favorite plan of annihilating the British power in North America, & particularly to the capturing the British army in New York...to co-operate with General Washington towards the reduction of that important garrison...".

All of pg. 4 & a bit of pg. 5 ar... See More  

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673762

Some terms of the peace treaty are announced...

Item #673762

December 26, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 26, 1782 



* Possible peace treaty ?

* American Independence ?




The back page has a very historic report presenting some of the terms of the peace treaty with a letter from Paris prefaced with: "While the Provisional articles are kept so profound a secret in London, the substance of them is well known & publicly talked of here: 'On the Par... See More  

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667958

Preliminary Treaty of Peace ending the Revolutionary War...

Item #667958
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1783



* Workings on the Treaty of Peace

* Revolutionary War officially ending




Certainly the prime content is the Preliminary Articles of Peace which lead to the formal end of the Revolutionary War. There were three treaties necessary: between England & France, between England & Spain, and between England and the 13 united colonies in Am... See More  

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642354

Ben Franklin creates a medal honoring the end of the Revolutionary War...

Item #642354
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1783  Near the beginning are 15 pages of: "Summary Proceedings in the Third Session of the Present Parliament" which include some discussions concerning America. Another article concerns the tune Yankee Doodle, particularly details on the presumed author of the famous tune (questionable) who had recently died. It notes: "Your readers, &a... See More  

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674405

Carleton & Washington meet on the evacuation of New York City...

Item #674405

July 19, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 19, 1783 



* Evacuation of New York City

* Sir Guy Carleton & George Washington

* American Revolutionary War Ending events




Page 3 has a few reports of naval encounters, and also that: "...at last a meeting was held between General Carleton and Mr. Washington, relative to the intended evacuation of New York, when...an offer was made to leave... See More  

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650138

British recapture the Bahamas... Ben Franklin returning to the United States...

Item #650138

July 31, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 31, 1783  Most of the ftpg. is taken up with details of the recapture of the Bahama Islands by the British, including a prefacing letter noting: "I transmit...a copy of Col. Deveaux's letter conveying an account of the Recapture of the Bahama Islands, together with a copy of the capitulation..." signed in type: Guy Carleton. What follows is th... See More  

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674615

A critical review of Washington's Circular Letter... Guy Carleton to remain in New York till all Loyalists leave...

Item #674615

September 02, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Sept. 2, 1783 



* General George Washington

* Circular Letter to the States

* Loyalists in New York




Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a very interesting letter: "To George Washington" signed in type by an: "Injured Loyalist". The writer refers to Washington's Circular Letter of June 18, 1783, criticizing various excerpts from it.

Page 5 ... See More  

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672361

British evacuate New York City...

Item #672361
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1783 



* Loyalists escaping New York



Included is the: "Definitive Treaty of Peace..." between England and Spain, signed at Versailles on Sept. 3, 1783. This treaty takes nearly 2 pages & was part of the process of creating the treaty which ended the Revolutionary War in America.

Also included under: "American Intelligence... See More  

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674414

Ben Franklin to return home?

Item #674414

November 01, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 1, 1783  The back page has a short but very notable item: "A letter from Paris says that Dr. Franklin is sent for to America, in order to have his advice in making a code of laws for the better government of the United States; and that Mr. Laurens, jun. is to reside at Paris in quality of their Ambassador until some other appointment is made."

Re... See More  

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674658

Congress to meet in Princeton?

Item #674658

November 22, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 22, 1783  Page 3 has a report from Charleston concerning commerce. Also a dateline from Savannah. Then a report from Congress concerning the finances of the country which includes a document signed in type: Robert Morris. Also a dispatch: "That it had been formally debated in Congress at Prince-Town [Princeton] whether the delegates should return to Ph... See More  

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674664

Washington's historic Farewell orders to the military..

Item #674664

December 27, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 27, 1783 



* General George Washington

* Farewell address to Continental Army




Certainly the most notable content is a full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783."

It reads in part:... See More  

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671570

Officers respond to Washington's Farewell Address... British evacuate New York City....

Item #671570

January 02, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Jan. 2, 1784 



* re. George Washington's Farewell Address

* British Troops evacuation of New York




The ftpg. has a report from New York noting: "General Thomas Mifflin is chosen resident of Congress for the ensuing year, in the room of Elias Boudinot...His Excellency General Washington, by proclamation bearing the date the 4th instant, and in ... See More  

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671571

Washington's historic Farewell orders to the military..

Item #671571

January 06, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVRTISER, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1784 



* General George Washington

* Farewell address to his Army




Certainly the most notable & historic content is the full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783." It ta... See More  

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671776

Washington occupies New York City as the British evacuate...

Item #671776

January 16, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Jan. 16, 1784 



* General George Washington enters NYC

* Evacuation Day (New York) British Army leave




Page 4 has a report noting in part: "...Admiral Digby...having quitted the American command. The troops which lately occupied New York, in consequence of the orders of Sir Guy Carleton evacuated that garrison on the 26th & 27th of November la... See More  

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647204

Much on General Greene in the Revolutionary War... A Hawaiian canoe...

Item #647204
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1784  The issue begins with a description of a medal created in honor of the late Capt. Cook and which is accompanied by a plate of it (see). The front page also has an article: "Canoe of the Sandwich Islands Described (which is Hawaii), which is also accompanied by a geat foldout plate, more typically lacking.

Another article of interest is: ... See More  

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644294

Gifts to George Washington from Virginia...

Item #644294

May 01, 1785

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1785  Among the articles within are: "Observations on a Tour Through the Island of Jersey" which is in the English Channel; "Anecdotes of Hogarth" "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Session of Parliament" "Original Letter form Dr. Johnston" & so much more.

Near the back is: "Intelligence..." with... See More  

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625993

John Adams delivers his credentials to the King...

Item #625993
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1785  Among the articles are: "Curious Caves on the Elephanta Island" near India; "Epitaph Proposed by Dr. Fordyce for Samuel Johnson" and so much more. Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has various news reports of the day, which includes a report: "This day John Adams, minister plenipotentiary from the... See More  

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679259

Blacks to have rights of citizenship in New York ? Washington to move to England?

Item #679259

July 23, 1785

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 23, 1785 



* General George Washington to move his residence to England (?)

* Blacks to have citizenship rights in New York (?)




Page 2 has a report from New York with some news from the Assembly of the state which includes: "...very warm debates also have taken place upon the question of admitting Blacks, Mulattoes, Mustees, Quadroons...the the r... See More  

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643047

John Hancock resigns as President of Congress...

Item #643047

August 01, 1786

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1786  Included is a: "Topographical Description of Hastings in Sussex", England, which also includes a nice foldout plate; "Jew's Harp"; much on the: "Summary of Proceedings in the Third Session of Parliament"; and so much more. News the back is almost a full page of reports headed: "American News". Amon... See More  

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664066

Establishing the coins of the United States...

Item #664066

August 31, 1786

THE NEW-HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, Aug. 31, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  



* Early United States Congress

* Gold and Silver for coins

* General George Washington




One page has "American Intelligence" which praises the attributes of Alexandria, and another page notes: "...Our Academy flourishes: about 100 scholars, twenty of which are educated on ... See More  

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$555.00
625997

Huge foldout plate... Burning water in Fincastle, Virginia...

Item #625997

September 01, 1786

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1786  A prime feature is the quite large 4 page foldout plate showing: "View of a Crescent as Planned...in St. George's Fields..." in London (see).

Included are a wide range of articles, and near the back are various news reports from the day which also includes: "American News" which reports of the "...discovery o... See More  

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